GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Public Service of Canada wishes
to denounce the misleading comments made by the Conservative MP for Gatineau,
Denis Tassé, at the debate it organized yesterday.
"During the debate, Mr. Tassé wrongly stated that PSAC was waging a
campaign urging its membership not to vote for the Conservatives," explained
the President of the Conseil régional d'action politique de l'Outaouais,
Daniel Charron. "He repeated the same misleading comments that were printed in
Le Droit last Saturday," Charron added.
"The PSAC is not conducting any anti-Conservative campaign with its
membership. However, the Alliance is surveying(*) them to finding out how they
intend to vote, without attempting to influence them. PSAC informed members of
the Tassé team in recent days. In short, Mr. Tassé used the debate to spread
his misleading comments and discredit PSAC. It's a disgrace," said Charron.
"Yesterday, Mr. Tassé claimed during the debate that PSAC had issued an
order to its membership not to vote for the Conservatives," added Maria
Fitzpatrick, the Regional Executive Vice-President. "PSAC does not order its
members how to vote. In our democratic movement, we make recommendations and
we do not issue orders."
On Monday and Tuesday, PSAC held three debates in the ridings of
Hull-Aylmer, Ottawa-Centre and Gatineau. The Conservatives declined the
invitation in all three cases. However, to everyone's surprise, Tassé did show
up at the debate in Gatineau. These debates, the questionnaires sent to the
candidates and the meetings with the latter in certain targeted ridings will
help the PSAC political action councils make their recommendations. They will
be voted on by members of the Conseil régional d'action politique de
l'Outaouais and the Ottawa Area Councils before they are adopted.
With more than 50,000 members throughout the Outaouais, PSAC is the
largest union in the National Capital Region.
(*) The script of the survey conducted by PSAC is available at
For further information:
For further information: Pierre Lebel, PSAC Regional Representative,